What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway

“What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway”

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If your car breaks down while you’re on the road, not only are you and your passengers at risk, but everyone else traveling on the road is as well.  It’s easy to panic with all the cars flying by, so it is important to know what to do if your car breaks down on the highway.

It’s important to be prepared, keep calm, and try and minimize your stress by following guidelines in mind in the case of a breakdown. I found this article to be extremely helpful: What to Do if Your Car Breaks Down on the Highway and here are few tips to help you.

At the first sign of trouble make sure to steer your vehicle out of the way of traffic and as far away from the traveling lanes as possible. Make sure to take note of your location for the police or other responders.

If you are able to pull over to the side of the road, exit through the passenger side door, away from traffic and make sure you stand as far away as possible. If you can get behind a guard rail that is even better.

Next, make sure that you call attention to both yourself and your car. You want to be seen quickly. Turn on your hazard lights, wave a flashlight, or use a reflective vest if possible.

If you can’t get your car to move from the travel lane, make sure you turn on your hazard lights and keep your seatbelt on. Contact emergency services as soon as possible.

Despite the many advancements that modern vehicles have, it’s still possible to have a breakdown from something like a blown tire or debris in the roadway. Being prepared for such emergencies is important and there are premade kits available to purchase . If you prefer to create your own safety kit, here are a few items you should consider keeping in your car:

• Cell phone charger

• Notebook and pencil

• Vehicle operating manual

• Emergency service contact information

• Flashlight and extra batteries (these should be checked often)

• Drinking water

• Jumper cables

• Tire-pressure gauge

• Reflectors or flares

• Signal flag or reflective vest or scarf

• Windshield-washer fluid and wiping cloth

• Fire extinguisher

• In cold months add an ice scraper, snow shovel and cat litter

• Heavy gloves

• Thermal or safety blanket

• A chemical heat source such as hand warmers

• Jack and a flat board for soft surfaces

• Lug wrench for changing flats

• Toolkit with screwdriver, pliers, duct tape and adjustable wrench

• Umbrella

• Extra fuses and fan/alternator belt

• First-aid kit

Also, if your car didn’t come with one, buy a spare tire.

When you are safely out of the way, assess the situation and call for help, such as Nationwide’s Roadside Assistance, which can help you if your car breaks down on the highway, have a flat, need a jump or get locked out.

So to wrap it up, when traveling if you experience a breakdown or accident, stay calm, steer out of the way of traffic and be prepared for an emergency. This can help you stay safe if your car breaks down and will help you remain calm and as stress-free as possible.


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